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Cuomo: NY Should Increase Child Care Tax Credit

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New York Governor Andrew Cuomo wants to increase a child care tax credit for middle-class parents.

The Democrat said Thursday that his plan would raise the average child care benefit from $169 to $376 million for households making between $60,000 and $150,000.

If approved by lawmakers the change would cost the state $42 million and help an estimated 200,000 families.

Cuomo says too many parents choose not to work because they can't afford quality child care.

In tax year 2014 almost 520,000 New York families received child care tax credits totaling nearly $189 million.

Cuomo announced the plan ahead of a series of state-of-the-state addresses next week when he is expected to detail his proposals for the year.

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Dave Lucas is WAMC’s Capital Region Bureau Chief. Born and raised in Albany, he’s been involved in nearly every aspect of local radio since 1981. Before joining WAMC, Dave was a reporter and anchor at WGY in Schenectady. Prior to that he hosted talk shows on WYJB and WROW, including the 1999 series of overnight radio broadcasts tracking the JonBenet Ramsey murder case with a cast of callers and characters from all over the world via the internet. In 2012, Dave received a Communicator Award of Distinction for his WAMC news story "Fail: The NYS Flood Panel," which explores whether the damage from Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee could have been prevented or at least curbed. Dave began his radio career as a “morning personality” at WABY in Albany.
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